Former Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson is set to be released from prison this year, according to his sister.
Johnson, 31, was playing for Sunderland in 2015 when he was charged three counts of sexual activity with a child, and one count of grooming.
At his trial in February 2016, the winger admitted grooming and one count of sexual activity with a child, relating to kissing an underage girl.
In the early hours of New Year's Day, sister Faye Johnson posted a message on her Twitter account to say: "I can finally say my brother is home this year."
It is believed that Johnson will be eligible for parole in the spring, having served half of his sentence. In another post on her Twitter account, Faye added: "March soon come."
Johnson immediately lodged appeals against his conviction and six-year sentence with the Court of Appeal following his trial.
While being sentenced for the charges, Judge Jonathan Rose told Bradford Crown Court that Johnson's victim had suffered "severe psychological harm" as a result of his crimes.